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Forum scheduled on how to address youth homelessness


Richland Library will host a community discussion Sunday called "Living on the Edge" about the importance of helping Columbia's homeless youth find stability.

"There's been a lot of recent attention on homelessness in Columbia, and concerns about the effects of homelessness on our downtown economy," said Lauren Bliss with the Richland Library. "Children in homeless families—and especially unaccompanied youth trying to make it on their own—are falling through the cracks."

Richland Library is hoping to bridge that gap by bringing the community together to brainstorm solutions to this troubling trend in Richland County, Bliss said.

The discussion will be moderated by WIS anchor Judi Gatson and panelists for the forum include Deborah Boone, Richland School District 1 homeless education liaison; Anita Floyd, chair of the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless; and Angela Culbreath, family services director of the Columbia Family Shelter.

The forum is set to start at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Richland Library Bostick Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia.

This event is free and open to the public.

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